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MARC SALEM (article first published : 2008-06-4)

The world-renowned mentalist Marc Salem returns to Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom’s iZulu Theatre from June 9 to 22 with his mind-boggling show Mind Games – Reloaded.

Last seen in South Africa on his acclaimed and astonishing national tour in 2004 and his sell-out Durban run at Sibaya last year, Marc Salem takes his audience on a captivating excursion into the possibilities of the human mind through a series of hilarious, astounding and mystifying Mind Games.

“I am very excited about coming back to Durban,” he enthuses. “Mind Games – Reloaded is an update of my previous show which I did in Durban, and this time I have added in some new games and mental intrigues to keep the audiences on their toes and wondering “how on earth did he do that?” I love the way the audience reacts to the games, and I found Durban was wonderfully warm and receptive and enthusiastic which always makes for a good show.

“Of course what I do remains essentially fun, family entertainment for anyone from nine upwards,” says Marc who uses mind-defying games to show how we think and use our grey matter, taking the audience on awe-inspiring adventure into the endless potential of the mind.

“My so-called “gift” is essentially a result of hard training and practise,” he explains. “I believe anyone is capable of doing what I do if they practised for about 20 years. It really is nothing other-worldly about what I do. Most of us simply do not use even half of our brain power - I simply tap into an uptapped potential.”

“I use psychological techniques, visual information and have developed a sharp eye for human nature. This coupled with a dose of good humour and some 20 years of training enables me to pick up and read information from other people's senses. At no time during my show is anyone’s integrity or dignity compromised. So there is no need to lock up your thoughts at one of my shows!” he laughs.

“By using these Mind Games, I encourage people to become more open to their mind's potential and to what we're still learning about our perceptions.”

Marc Salem has performed in many countries around the globe to millions of people and has been hailed by critics and audiences around the world with sell-out seasons on Broadway, London’s West End, Singapore and the Sydney Opera House.

He has been a student of the human mind for over 30 years. As an academic he holds advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, and has been on faculty of several major universities for close on two decades. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on non-verbal communication. How the mind creates reality and meaning has been his major focus.

As a researcher, Professor Salem has travelled the globe exploring the mind and its potential. He was a director of research at Sesame Street studying the development and nature of the mental process. Released in 2007, his book Mind Games is an international best seller.

Mind Games – Reloaded runs in the iZulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom from June 9 to 22. Shows from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20h00 (matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 15h00). Tickets from R50 to R90 booked through Computicket or Sibaya Box-Office on 031 580 5555.




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